Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

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The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (B.A.B.S.) is a fully online program for students who desire to deepen their knowledge of God and His Word. Through the completion of general education studies, students’ knowledge and understanding are founded in fine liberal arts tradition. Through the completion of Biblical Studies core courses, students build upon this foundation with comprehensive biblical knowledge and understanding. Through the selection and completion of specialized courses, students are prepared in accordance with their personal gifts and calling from God. Specializations are offered in Biblical Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Christian Education, Women’s Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.”


The BABS is a well rounded degree that introduces students to basic ministry skills that will equip the student to be an effective Christian leader in the local church and beyond.  The BABS introduces students to the Old and New Testaments, Christian theology, learning key books of the Bible, and apologetics.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Biblically state and identify the principal doctrines of evangelical Christianity. 
  • Identify the major themes of both the Old and New Testaments. 
  • Evaluate the challenges to a Christian worldview and formulate biblical rebuttals.
  • Develop basic skills necessary for successful ministry in the local church. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a foundational evangelical theological education that is reflected by a Biblical worldview and the necessary skills to serve the Body of Christ. 
  • Biblically state and identify the principal doctrines of evangelical Christianity. 
  • Identify the major themes of both the Old and New Testaments 
  • Explain the Word of God accurately, with emphasis on edification of the Body of Christ and application that advances the Great Commission.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies is 120 credits and features 30 general education credits, 75 degree specific courses, and 5 courses specific to the student’s selected specialization. The method of instruction is 100% online, asynchronous format, and also video conferencing.

General Education Courses

Course ID

Course Name


English Communication & Critical Thinking (6 credits)
 COM101 Speech Communication 3
 ENG101 Writing and Research 3
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6 credits)
 MAT111 College Mathematics 3
 BIO102 Natural Science and Biology 3
Art & Humanities (12 credits)
 ART101 Visual and Performing Arts 3
 THE220 Christian Ethics 3
 PHIL101  Philosophy 3
APO391 Introduction to Islam 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
HIS201 American History 3
HIS202 American Government 3



Biblical Core and Ministry Courses

Course ID

Course Name


Old Testament Studies (15 credits)
 BIB201 Old Testament Survey I 3
BIB208 Old Testament Survey II 3
BIB204 Genesis 3
BIB206 Isaiah 3
BIB207 Psalms 3
New Testament Studies (30 credits)
BIB202 New Testament Survey I 3
BIB209 New Testament Survey II 3
BIB223 The Gospel of John 3
BIB220  The Gospel of Matthew 3
BIB272 Colossians 3
BIB205 Hebrews 3
BIB271 Acts 3
BIB274 Romans 3
BIB275 Galatians / Ephesians 3
BIB235 Daniel / Revelation 3
THEOLOGY (15 credits)
APO201 Apologetics 3
APO203 Contending for the Faith 3
THE219 Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics 3
THE301 Bible Doctrines 3
THE402 Bible Theology 3
MINISTRY (15 credits)
BC215 Christian Living 3
MIN301 Missions and Evangelism 3
BC201 Biblical Counseling 3
THE401 Fundamentals of Faith 3
HIS111 Church History 3



Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Specializations

Course ID Course Name
BC212 A Theology of Biblical Counseling
BC216 Psychology Contrasted with the Bible
BC213 Methods of Biblical Change
BC214 Marriage and Family Counseling
BC322 Interpersonal Relationships
ED229 Current Issues in Education
ED241 Philosophy of Christian Education
ED242 Cultural Diversity in Education
ED245 Principles of Instruction and Methods
ED248 Classroom Management
CBL202 Introduction to Christian Leadership
CBL203 Introduction to Leadership Planning
CBL211 Introduction to Communicating Vision
CBL261 Introduction to Biblical Problem Solving
CBL271 Introduction to The Heart of the Christian Leader
MIN211 Women’s Ministry Essentials
MIN311 Women Teaching Women
MIN312 Developing Effective Women’s Ministries
MIN314 Leadership in Women’s Ministry
MIN355 Women Helping Women
MIN240 Introduction to Youth Ministry
MIN241 Youth, Church and Culture
MIN242 Evangelism in Youth Ministry
MIN243 Youth Ministry Management
MIN245 Discipleship in Youth Ministry


Course Requirements -Total Credits: 120

Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to a Calvary Chapel University undergraduate program must:

  • Fill out and submit the online application through the Populi system;
  • Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee;
  • Request official transcripts for high school and all college or university coursework.  Verification of high school completion or an equivalent must be verified by the Registrar through official transcripts prior to admissions, enrolling, and matriculation.
  • Minimum overall grade point average is 2.0.
  • Complete Student Reference Requests.

Official transcripts with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 must be received and verified by the Registrar prior to course enrollment.

The spiritual requirements for admission involve demonstrating an unwavering commitment to Christ and the inspired and inerrant Scriptures, having consistent Christian character, utilizing one’s spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ and your professional vocation, and yielding to the Holy Spirit’s call to service and Christian growth.

Technology Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • High Speed Internet
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Microphone (external or built-in)
  • Webcam (internal or external)


  • Zoom
  • Google Suite of applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies program will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests. 

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system.

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards an academic Certificate Program diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled.

To be eligible for a Certificate Program diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 24 credits through Calvary Chapel University
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a Certificate program at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.”